Northern Ireland international Ben was born in the Dorest village of
Verwood, on 19 November 1991. After starting as a left back in
Southampton’s youth team, he was later converted into an attacking
midfielder. On 21 September 2011, he made his debut for Southampton
in the League Cup third round match against Preston North End and
made his Premier League debut as a sub in a 3–1 defeat at Everton on
On 4 June 2013, at the end of the 2012–13 season, Ben was released
by Southampton and signed for MK Dons on 13 July and was later named
the Player of the Year.
He suffered a hamstring injury in December 2014 and after appearing
in two games in mid-
score in the 4–2 win over Gillingham on 14 February 2015. Shortly
afterwards, he suffered a calf problem while on international duty and
was initially ruled out for the remainder of the 2014–15 season but he
returned to full training in May and made his return to the first team
as a substitute for Samir Carruthers in the 73rd minute, and set up the
fifth goal for Dean Lewington, in a 5–1 win over Yeovil Town on the final
day of the season to earn the Dons promotion to the Championship.
Ben scored 30 goals in 131 appearances for the Dons but after his contract expired in
July 2017, Ben rejoined his old manager Karl Robinson at Charlton.